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Dietitians Dish: Eat healthy for Easter

By Elizabeth Sommerfeld
April 3, 2012 at midnight
Updated April 2, 2012 at 11:03 p.m.

Elizabeth Sommerfeld

Easter is just around the corner. The first thing that comes to my mind about Easter and nutrition is what I am going to feed everyone?

My children, on the other hand, are all about what is in those plastic eggs and what can be found inside of those, be it money or candy.

However, Easter is the holiday where my family gets together at my house. Probably similar to other families reading this article, I have a multitude of diets to plan around. Some family members have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, celiac disease and, of course, five children under 5 years old are added to the mix.

So, needless to say, what to put out for Easter lunch can be challenging. Just because there are so many diet restrictions doesn't mean it's impossible to cook a good, healthy lunch for everyone.

Of course, for all the diabetics, we try to limit the sweets as much as possible and have items like fruit salad instead. We also put money in some of those plastic eggs for the kids . goodness knows we don't need five kids running around like crazy and stuffing their faces with candy.

Avoiding fried foods is important to those with high cholesterol and diabetes so an item like ham is great as it can be served hot or cold depending on family preference. Also, I like to try new and fun recipes that I think everyone can eat and will enjoy. Some of these recipes may just need to be modified. Here are a few recipes that I will be using this Easter. Hope you enjoy.

Elizabeth Sommerfeld is a registered and licensed dietitian and has a master of science degree. Send questions or comments to dietitians@vicad.com.

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